Upper Table Rock 4-10-17

Photos by Jeff, John and Nanci

It only took good weather, a moderate hike, a short drive and some wild flowers to bring out 18 hikers to Upper Table Rock. Alex joined us as our flower guide and Carol Mockridge as our bird expert. I was overwhelmed by talk of popcorn plants and meadow larks, all while keeping a nervous eye on the turkey vultures circling above. The trail up the slope was bordered by endless poison oak as usual. Fortunately all hands were sober and no one fell into a deadly bush.

We found our usual spot on a crag for lunch overlooking Lower Table Rock and the Valley. While picturesque, mother nature failed to provide flat rocks to sit on.

Our only obstacle was a bit of mud here and there but nothing as bad as I expected. The flowers were plentiful. The conversation varied between horticulture, birds and the bars of Shanghai.

We divided into two groups at the end, with half returning to the temperate and chaste life of Ashland and the rest to the Point bar in Central Pointe, where they know how to make fries and have Ashland Amber on tap.

John

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